By BOB WEBER
OTTOVILLE - Tuesday night, the Lady Rockets of Pandora-Gilboa traveled to Ottoville to take on the Lady Green in their annual Putnam County League matchup.
The Lady Green trailed nearly the entire contest but was able to rally in the last five minutes of the game to come away with a 27-26 win.
The game started with the Lady Rockets using their experience (starting five seniors) compared to the Lady Green (starting one senior, two juniors and two freshmen) to take an early lead in the first quarter before the Lady Green narrowed the Rockets lead to 9-7 after the first stanza.
The first half was a turnover-fest. Both teams could not buy a bucket and time after time either threw the ball away or had it stolen by their opponents.
The Lady Rockets were led in the first half by senior Megan Maag with eight of her team's 15 first-half points. The Lady Green countered with their senior, Taylor Mangas, who chipped in six of her team's 14 first-half points.
At the halftime break, the Lady Rockets went to the locker room with a 15-14 lead.
As the second half began, both coaches could see that this night was going to continue to be a rough one. Turnovers continued to rule the play of the game and when either team was able to muster a shot on goal it struggled to find the bottom of the net.
The third quarter found the Lady Rockets able to extend their lead to three, 24-21, over the home squad. Along with Megan Maag, fellow seniors Vanessa McCullough and Olivia Maag led the visitors with a total of nine points in the quarter compared to seven by the Lady Green.
Going into the fourth quarter, two distinct coaching philosophies were played out on the court. Lady Rockets' Head Coach Jessica Liedtke stayed with her five seniors and didn't substitute bench players throughout the second half. Contrary, Lady Green Head Coach Dave Kleman substituted freely, especially in the final quarter, to try to keep fresh legs and the defensive pressure on the Rockets.
The Lady Green, in the final five minutes, was able to take the lead behind the scoring of two of their youngest players on the team. Freshmen Alicia Honigford and Brooke Mangas combined for all six of the Lady Green points to lead the comeback win over the Lady Rockets 27-26.
With the win, the Lady Green go to 6-5 on the year and 3-1 in the Putnam County League. The Lady Green will be right back in action with another Putnam County League game at home against the Kalida Lady Wildcats Thursday night at 6 p.m.
The Lady Rockets (7-5, 2-2 PCL) will be back in action Thursday night also with a varsity-only contest against McComb starting at 6 p.m.
In the junior varsity contest, the Lady Green notched the win by a score of 55-29.
Vanessa McCullough 1-0-0-2, Olivia Maag 0-2-0-6, Megan Maag 7-0-0-14, Anna Abelovska 2-0-0-4. Totals 10-2-0-26.
Taylor Mangas 3-0-0-6, Brooke Mangas 1-0-2-4, Alicia Honigford 3-0-1-7, Alexis Thorbahn 1-0-0-2, Annie Lindeman 0-1-0-3, Lexie Wannemacher 0-0-5-5. Totals 8-1-8-27.
Score by Quarters:
Pandora-Gilboa 9-6-9-2 - 26
Ottoville 7-7-7-6 - 27
Three-point shots: Pandora Gilboa, O. Maag 2; Ottoville, Lindeman,.
Alexa Maag 2-0-0-4, Kristen Mullins 1-0-2-4, Toria Hovest 4-0-0-8, Brittany Hovest 3-0-0-6, Kelsey Basinger 1-1-0-5, Lindsay Macke 1-0-0-2. Totals 12-1-2-29.
Madison Knodell 1-1-2-7, Autumn Neer 1-0-3-5, Nicole Kramer 0-2-0-6, Chelsey Boecker 1-0-0-2, Alexis Thorbahn 4-1-5-16, Haley Landwehr 2-1-2-9, Lexie Wannemacher 0-0-2-2, Lyndsey Wannemacher 4-0-0-8. Totals 13-5-14-55.
Score by Quarters:
Pandora-Gilboa 8-11-2-8 - 29
Ottoville 21-9-16-9 - 55
Three-point shots: Pandora Gilboa - Basinger; Ottoville - Kramer 2, Knodell, Thorbahn, Landwehr.